Pred Forte (Prednisolone Acetate) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Pred Forte
Pred Forte is a medication that is used to treat the swelling/inflammation of eyes caused by an infection, surgery, allergy, injury, or certain other conditions. The generic name of this medication is Prednisolone Ophthalmic. It belongs to group of medicines referred as corticosteroids. You can buy Pred Forte as eye drops. Pred Forte works by preventing the release of chemicals that cause inflammation in the eye.
Side Effects for Pred Forte
An allergic reaction may occur after taking Pred Forte. This reaction is characterized by hives, swelling in your tongue, throat, lips or face and difficulty in breathing. Other serious side effects include pain behind the eyes, severe headache, eye pain, blurred vision and tunnel vision. Some more serious side effects include swelling, crusting draining, which are symptoms of a new infection. Stop taking Pred Forte and immediately consult your doctor if you suffer from an allergic reaction or from any of the severe side effects mentioned above.
Some minor side effects may occur when using Pred Forte. These side effects include initial clouding of vision, mild stinging, burning, irritation and itching in the eye, and increased sensitivity to light. Inform your doctor as soon as possible if these side effects persist or if they worsen.
Do not buy Pred Forte if you are allergic to Prednisolone or any other steroid. Inform your doctor if you have glaucoma, herpes simplex in the eyes, or if you have recently undergone cataract surgery. Your doctor may adjust your Pred Forte dosage if you suffer from any of the above conditions.
Pred Forte may or may not harm an unborn child. Inform your doctor before starting treatment if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor in advance if you are planning to become pregnant during the course of the treatment. Do not take Pred Forte if you are breastfeeding a baby without your doctor’s consent.
Pred Forte Dosage
You must buy Pred Forte as per your doctor’s prescription. The usual dosage of Pred Forte is 1 to 2 drops instilled into the affected eye(s) two to four times a day. Read the patient information leaflet that you receive with this medicine to know how you should apply it. Wash your hands and shake the bottle gently before applying the medication. Tilt your head back a little and pull your lower eyelid down. Look upwards and away from the eye dropper. Squeeze the drop out and then close your eye immediately. Then gently apply pressure on the corners of the eyes near the nose for a minute. This will prevent the liquid from draining into the tear duct.
Do not touch the dropper on any surface, including your eyes and hands. If the dropper is contaminated, it may cause another infection in the eye. This may even lead to long term damage of the eye or even loss of vision.
Pred Forte may or may not interact with other medications. Inform your doctor about all the medications that you have recently taken or are still taking, particulary any eye drops, before you buy Pred Forte. This includes vitamin and mineral supplements as well as natural products. Do not start or stop any medication without consulting your doctor.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.